La Salle guard Pookie Powell named Big 5 Player of the Week

La Salle guard Pookie Powell named Big 5 Player of the Week

La Salle sophomore Pookie Powell was named Big 5 Player of the Week for his efforts in the Explorers' pair of wins last week over Saint Louis and Duquesne.

Powell, averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the season, had 13 points, eight assists and four steals in the win over Saint Louis. He followed it up with 16 points, six boards, five assists and an 8 for 8 night from the free throw line against Duquesne.

The back-to-back wins made La Salle 8-5, 2-1 in the Atlantic 10. A game at Rhode Island Thursday and back home vs. George Washington on Sunday await.

St. Joe's Edwards out for season
Saint Joseph's freshman forward Lorenzo Edwards will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery later this week, the school announced Monday.

Edwards has played in just one game this season, Nov. 14 vs. Columbia, but has dealt with shoulder instability all year.

"We're most concerned right now that Lorenzo can get healthy and then we'll move towards developing his game," Hawks head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement.
 
"This injury has been ongoing since the summer so we’ve not been able to get an accurate evaluation of his basketball skills. All of us will lend our support during his rehabilitation and we look forward to seeing him back on the court."

St. Joe's has now lost three players to season-ending injuries: leading scorer Shavar Newkirk, sophomore Pierfranceso Oliva and Edwards.

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.

Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.

Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.